Make a quick quilted Christmas Wreath Mini Quilt embellished with festive Jesse James Dress it Up buttons.
Many quilters enjoy making mini quilts because they are smaller projects which allow trying different techniques and styles – and quicker finished project gratification. They can grouped as wall hangings and hung on small quilt stands for home décor. Here is a Christmas Wreath Mini Quilt I put together using the Double Wide Dresden Ruler and some Christmas buttons.
Here are the supplies used:
- An assortment of green fabrics to make ten wedges – cut into 4″ x 5″ pieces if ten different fabrics; longer for multiple cuts (see instructions below)
- White fabric for background – 13″ square
- Batting – 16″ square
- Backing fabric – 16″ square and 3″ x 12″ for sleeve
- Binding fabric – approximately 60″ of 2″ wide binding strip
- Me and My Sister Double Wide Dresden Ruler
- 12-1/2″ (or larger) square acrylic ruler
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Odif 505 Spray & Fix or curved safety pins for basting
- Red ribbon – 7/8″ x 16″
- Hand sewing needle for sewing on buttons
- Red thread for sewing on buttons
- Grey or green thread for piecing
- White thread for quilting
- Green thread or YLI wonder Invisible Nylon Thread .004 Smoke for appliqué
- Christmas buttons about 3/4″ to 1″ size; I used:
Jesse James Dress It Up Embellishments Sew Fun Christmas
Jesse James Dress It Up Embellishments Christmas Collection Colors of Christmas
Jesse James Dress It Up Embellishments Holiday Blooms
- Ackfeld Table Stand 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ Grey
Following the ruler package instructions, place the top of the Double Wide Dresden Ruler on the top edge of a 4″ x 5″ piece of green fabric. If the fabric is used more than once, cut the 4″ piece longer.
The 4″ line on the ruler will be on the bottom edge of the fabric. Cut on both sides of the ruler to make a wedge. Repeat for all ten wedges. If using the fabric more than once, rotate the ruler 180 degrees and cut another wedge adjacent to the last cut.
Fold the wedges wrong sides together (WS) together and sew 1/4″ from each end. Chain-piecing speeds up this step.
The photo above shows the next three steps moving from left to right:
- Trim the seams diagonally a bit, close to the fold.
- Press seams open.
- Turn the right side (RS) out and press, centering the seams. The last image shows a wedge finished and ready to join to the other wedges.
The fabrics are arranged in an alternating lighter-darker pattern.
Sew the wedges into pairs using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Sew the pairs together to create a wreath shape with a secondary starburst pattern in the center.
Press seams open.
Center the Dresden wedge wreath on the RS of the 13″ square white fabric. Use 505 Spray & Fix or curved pins to baste the fabric to the batting as shown. Adding the backing later allows the red thread and knots to not show on the back of the quilt; they will be covered by the backing.
The remaining steps include:
- Use a small blanket stitch or blind hem stitch to appliqué the wreath to the white background.
- Make a bow with the red ribbon and sew to the bottom of the wreath.
- Sew on the buttons with red thread; for shank buttons, cut off shank and use fabric glue to adhere button.
- Spray or pin baste the batting to the WS of the backing fabric.
- Quilt the three layers.
- Make a sleeve; align raw edges with the top of the quilt to be sewn into the binding.
- Bind the mini quilt.
- Hang on the Ackfeld Table Stand.
The Double Wide Dresden Ruler makes blocks of different sizes. To learn more…
check out this Double Wide Dresden pattern by Me and My Sister Designs…
and the brand new Double Wide Dresden Book by them.